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Chamber of Commerce Hawaiʻi express their support for economic recovery bills


The Chamber of Commerce Hawaiʻi expressed its support for bills that will prioritize local business recovery.

This includes increasing minimum wage while also lowering costs for businesses. The chamber supports adding a five-year extension to the earned income tax credit that will expire at the end of the year.

"There’s gonna be policies that come out that may harm businesses, whether they’re tax increases, whether they’re more regulation," said Trevor Abarzua, the associate vice president of business advocacy and development for the chamber.

"And we know that businesses are going through a tough time with COVID, and we don’t want to see that recovery slowed. Especially with omicron most recently with businesses having to shut down, you know, we’re gonna be the voice and help play defense on those tough policies," Abarzua said.

Hawaiʻi’s 2022 legislative session starts Wednesday, Jan. 19.

Zoe Dym is a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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